Skip to any random scene in Tommy Wiseau's 2003 writing, acting, and directing debut, and it's painfully bad. The film is so poorly constructed that it's been dubbed "the Citizen Kane of bad movies" and touted for its exposition of Hollywood's "fabricated nature." It's hard to narrow it down to just one laughable moment, but the most popular poor acting point came when Wiseau's cuckolded Johnny confronts his thought-to-be-cheating fiancee with his now-iconically terrible plea: "Why, Lisa, why, Lisa, please talk to me, please! … You are tearing me apart, Lisa!" Believe it or not, he was inspired by James Dean, who uttered a virtually identical line in Rebel Without a Cause, but opted not to go for Wiseau's method of hair-pulling, closed-eye snarling, and red-faced shouting.
Reportedly, there were even worse bits of dialogue left on the scripting table. One anonymous actor told Entertainment Weekly that viewers somehow got the better of two possible versions of the so-bad-it's-great cult flick. "It was actually a lot longer," the actor said of the original screenplay. "There was stuff that was just unsayable. I know it's hard to imagine there was stuff that was worse, but there was."
Wiseau has since defended the scene in question by saying it was just misunderstood and way above everyone's heads. Yes, really. In the same unfollowable logic that plagues his perplexingly disjointed script, he told Stanford Daily, "From the beginning, we marketed it as a black comedy. People didn't realize that that black comedy is leading to melodrama, which is not melodrama. Melodrama is something cannot relate to because of exaggeration. So when Johnny says, 'You're tearing me apart, Lisa!'—people don't actually talk like that, but where I grew up, people actually exaggerated their relationships themselves in real life. … I wanted to put American culture to the movie." That's exactly the kinda nonsense talk that got us here in the first place, but hey. People are still talking about this thing over a decade later, so he obviously did something right.